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"Chile Writes Its Constitution, Confronting Climate Change Head On"

"Rarely does a country get a chance to lay out its ideals as a nation and write a new constitution for itself. Almost never does the climate and ecological crisis play a central role. That is, until now, in Chile, where a national reinvention is underway. After months of protests over social and environmental grievances, 155 Chileans have been elected to write a new constitution amid what they have declared a “climate and ecological emergency.”"

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Source: NYTimes, 01/04/2022

"Jackpile Mine Toxic Legacy Continues At Laguna Pueblo"

"In the village of Paguate as June Lorenzo’s grandmother knew it growing up, orchards and fields of wheat and corn carpeted nearby hillsides. Streams traversed a verdant valley where people hunted and grazed sheep near the small farming community in Laguna Pueblo. This was before a massive mine cratered the nearby land and altered the skyline. Lorenzo has looked for old photos of that landscape, but they’re hard to find. That place exists now only in stories from elders."

Source: Indian Country Today, 01/04/2022

"This Tree Has Stood Here For 500 Years. Will It Be Sold For $17,500?"

"The Sitka spruce soaring more than 180 feet skyward has stood on this spot on Prince of Wales Island for centuries. While fierce winds have contorted the towering trunks of its neighbors, the spruce’s trunk is ramrod straight. Standing apart from the rest of the canopy, it ascends to the height of a 17-story building."

Source: Washington Post, 01/03/2022

Indigenous Munduruku Suffer Mercury Exposure From Illegal Gold Mining

"Illegal gold mining in the north Amazonian territory of Brazil's indigenous Munduruku people has led to more than half of several hundred people tested showing unsafe mercury levels in their bodies, including children, health researchers say."

Source: Thomson Reuters Fdn., 12/24/2021

"EPA Plans To Revisit State Request For Tribal Land Oversight"

"OKLAHOMA CITY — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday it plans to withdraw and reconsider a decision made under the Trump administration that allowed the state, not tribal nations, to regulate environmental issues in Indian Country."

Source: AP, 12/23/2021

"Biden Administration Moves To Expand Solar Power on US Land"

"U.S. officials announced approval Tuesday of two large-scale solar projects in California and moved to open up public lands in other Western states to potential solar power development, as part of the Biden administration’s effort to counter climate change by shifting from fossil fuels."

Source: AP, 12/22/2021

Die-Offs, Melting Ice: Climate Change Is Wreaking Havoc In Arctic Seas

"Forces profound and alarming are reshaping the upper reaches of the North Pacific and Arctic oceans, breaking the food chain that supports billions of creatures and one of the world’s most important fisheries."

Source: LA Times, 12/21/2021
February 28, 2022 to March 4, 2022

National Invasive Species Awareness Week

NISAW is an international event to raise awareness about invasive species, the threat that they pose and what can be done to prevent their spread. Local stories from field practitioners can be the most transformative. Learn more.

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